Foundations of Tropical & Global Health

Subject POPH90249 (2016)

Note: This is an archived Handbook entry from 2016.

Credit Points: 12.5
Level: 9 (Graduate/Postgraduate)
Dates & Locations:

This subject has the following teaching availabilities in 2016:

February, Parkville - Taught online/distance.
Pre-teaching Period Start not applicable
Teaching Period 01-Feb-2016 to 15-Apr-2016
Assessment Period End 27-May-2016
Last date to Self-Enrol 16-Feb-2016
Census Date 26-Feb-2016
Last date to Withdraw without fail 15-Apr-2016

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Time Commitment: Contact Hours: 24 hours
Total Time Commitment:

170 hours per 12.5 credit point subject


To enrol in this subject, you must be admitted in the Graduate Diploma in Tropical Medicine and Hygiene. This subject is not available for students admitted in any other courses.

Corequisites: None
Recommended Background Knowledge: None
Non Allowed Subjects: None
Core Participation Requirements:

For the purposes of considering requests for Reasonable Adjustments under the Disability Standards for Education (Commonwealth 2005), and Students Experiencing Academic Disadvantage Policy, academic requirements for this course are articulated in the Course Overview, Objectives and Generic Skills sections of this entry.

It is University policy to take all reasonable steps to minimise the impact of disability upon academic study, and reasonable adjustments will be made to enhance a student's participation in the University's programs. Students who feel their disability may impact on meeting the requirements of this course are encouraged to discuss this matter with the Student Equity and Disability Support Team:


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Subject Overview:

This 12.5-point subject is a core and foundational subject of the Postgraduate Diploma in Tropical Medicine and Hygiene (DTM&H). It is designed to provide requisite learning in tropical and global health upon which students will build during subsequent subjects for the course.

The content includes terminology, concepts and data relating to tropical disease and global health, as well essentials of epidemiology and biostatistics method of importance to practitioners of tropical health. Students will have the opportunity to enhance critical appraisal skills, and their overall health literacy, in relation to tropical health publications and information.

This subject will comprise a series of online presentations each linked to assessment tasks. Students must complete this subject before progressing to other subjects within the DTM&H.

Learning Outcomes:

At the completion of this subject, students should be able to:

  • Correctly use essential terminology pertinent to tropical health.
  • Describe key concepts of tropical and global health.
  • Articulate current data regarding tropical disease and their key implications for effective clinical, programmatic and policy responses.
  • Critically analyse tropical and global health literature.
  • Employ the basics of epidemiology and biostatistics.
  • Analysis of tropical health literature against key criteria covered during the subject (1,000 words) - 20%
  • Short answer questions relating to session content (total 3,000 words) - 60%
  • Written reflection (1000 words) - 20%
Prescribed Texts:

Key readings will be made available to students.

Breadth Options:

This subject is not available as a breadth subject.

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Generic Skills:

Upon completion of this subject, students will have developed skills in:

  • Critical thinking and analysis
  • Initiative, autonomy and organisation
  • Problem-solving
  • Finding, evaluating and using relevant information
  • Written communication
  • Decision-making
  • Persuasion and argumentation
  • Using computers and relevant software
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Related Course(s): Graduate Diploma in Tropical Medicine and Hygiene

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